This Ski Is A Staff Favorite:
I skied the Black Pearl 88's a lot in the winter of 17-18, and in a variety of terrain, over a wide range of mountains (Jackson, Loveland, Mary Jane, Wolf Creek, etc. etc.). I appreciated the duplicitous personality of the ski - it could feel hard-charging and stiff when I let 'er rip on expanses of blue corduroy, it could feel light and poppy on a steep, soft bump run, and it could feel nimble and fresh as I joked around with my 3 year old on the bunny slopes and baby terrain parks. At 5'8", 125 pounds and an upper intermediate to low grade advanced skier, either the 166 or 159 could work for me. This winter I mostly skied the 159 as I spent a lot of my time skiing bumps and steeper terrain that necessitated shorter turns. The shorter length also helps when I'm skiing with my son.
In Depth Staff Reviews:
By: Matt McDonald
A Blizzard of Color
The 2020 Blizzard skis lineup doesn't feature any massive changes, outside of a redesign to the Zero G backcountry ski series. There are a couple minor tweaks, like thicker wood in the Rustler 10, and a couple subtle additions, like the Brahma 82 and Black Pearl 82. But the flashiest update is the collection-wide color-pop (even the blacked-out Spur has pink sidewalls!), which includes a redesign of the crazy-popular Black Pearl's graphics.
As for that Zero G redesign, Blizzard pulled off a couple cool things. One, they dropped the weight by 20% of an already very light collection of skis. And two, they added more playfulness and more stability by employing 3D carbon, cutting some rocker, and updating the tip shape to make the skis less grabby. The ... Continue Reading
2019 Blizzard Black Pearl 88 Description:
Over the past few seasons, the Black Pearl has emerged as one of the most popular, widely-loved womens skis maybe ever. The 88mm-waisted model is the flagship of the line. It came first before Blizzard added the 78 and 98, and it returns in 2019 unchanged and ready to dominate once again. Expert and intermediate skiers alike love the Black Pearl for its light weight, stability, versatility and ease of use. It can be skied slow or fast down groomers or chutes or trees. Blizzard's Carbon Flipcore W.S.D (women
2019 Blizzard Black Pearl 88 Specs:
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